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Amputee with 'bionic hand' can feel shape and texture of objects

Published on Feb 6, 2014 6:43 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - An amputee with a bionic hand has for the first time been able to feel the texture and shape of objects in his grasp, European researchers said.

The success of the month-long trial in Italy has energised researchers in the hunt to solve one of the most difficult challenges in prosthetics.

Until now, moveable prosthetic hands have returned no sensation to the wearer and have been difficult to control, meaning the user could crush an object while trying to grasp it.

"For the first time we were able to restore real time sensory feeling in an amputee while he was controlling this sensorised hand," lead author Silvestro Micera said on Wednesday.

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